2 bedroom, 1 bathroom with unbelievable views across the valley
- english, italian
We are a Canadian/British family that fell in love with Italy over a decade ago. After spending one too many winters in Canada, we decided to make the move to Italy full time, and we have never been happier, healthier and content. Italy is special, and Tuscany is unlike anywhere we have ever experienced. Just ask anyone who has had the fortune of visiting. Even if only for a few days, weeks or even extended stay, there is something alluring about this magical place. We fell madly, crazy and passionately in love with Cortona, its beauty, food, wine, community and people. We have learned to live life slowly, enjoy friendships, and savour the mouth-watering food! Retirement is fantastic, but we are still young and like to keep busy. As my dad once said, “The worst part of retirement is that you never have holidays!” How true! So, to keep us occupied, and mostly to meet more wonderful people from all over the world, we bought three apartments in the historical centre of Cortona to rent as tourist rentals. From these apartments (Casa di Amici) we have branched out and offer help to many local Italians that also have beautiful apartments for visitors to enjoy. So between long lunches, wine tastings and exploring all corners of Italy, we are here to help welcome many visitors to Cortona.
Samantha purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Samantha chose Cortona
There are many places to stay in Tuscany and the Cortona area. However, we highly recommend you choose a location within the Historical centre. Although the surrounding Villas although very beautiful, are also quite remote and can be more inconvenient. We love to open the door and be steps to cafes, restaurants, shops and of course nightly passeggiata!
What makes this Apartment unique
HUGE private View terrace 2 bedrooms Amazing View In the Historical Centre Full Separate Kitchen If you choose to stay at Casa di Amici great! Or, if you just want to ask some questions about Italy, Tuscany or the region, do not hesitate to contact me. I love to talk about Italy and to help you have a trip of a lifetime!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
True gem in Cortona!
We absolutely loved our stay. The apartment was immaculate and beautifully furnished. The location was excellent - just a few minutes walk up to the main square, yet we felt like locals since we were living amongst them. Every night on the way home from dinner we were sweetly greeted by the neighbor’s cat, “Piccolo.” The views of the Tuscan landscape from the patio were breathtaking, and I should add that the beds were SO comfortable we were really able to catch up on our sleep.
Should we return, which we hope to do, we would absolutely not hesitate to stay here again and in fact, wouldn’t even look at any other places!
We also took the pasta class offered by Samantha (the chef we had teaches at a nearby culinary school!) and it was one of the highlights of our trip. :-)
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this property! It was so gorgeous, and I'll be dreaming about that terrace for months. Definitely will be back!
Cortona is wonderful
Fabulous location, great hostess karma and its Tuscany ! Great apartment with a large veranda overlooking the Tuscan Valley. Wonderful sets.
Beautiful home: spacious, great location... minutes to the center. Lovely deck overlooking Tuscany. Would stay there again and recommend it. Beds were very comfortable.
Stunning Views From Lovely Terrace
Cortona is a wonderful small hill town, perfect for exploring, relaxing, and as a home base for day trips throughout Tuscany.
Samantha was a responsive and helpful host, both before and throughout our stay. We enjoyed her warm welcome and restaurant recommendations. She is clearly dedicated to assuring her guests have a wonderful experience.
The apartment is as pictured, quiet and comfortable. WiFi was fast and reliable. Plenty of hot water and good water pressure. The greatest feature is the large terrace which we used for morning coffe, and evening wine and appetizers.
We can highly recommend both Samantha and her apartment and would gladly book again on any future trip to Tuscany.
OMG, the VIEW!!!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Sofia Terrace. Samantha and her husband Terry couldn't have been more efficient and helpful. The flat is so quaint (about a 600 year old building!) and the breathtaking view from the terrace is stunning. Sitting out there basking in the sun with a glass of wine is the epitome of sheer relaxation. The flat itself is very charming and quite roomy. The kitchen was great for breakfasts and snacks. The city of Cortona is walled so you can't bring your car in. No worries there are convenient parking lots (free) nearby. Yes, you walk up stairs and a hill to get to the flat, but that is the charm.of this hilltop town. Pace yourself and you will do fine. Comfy shoes are a must. Many restaurants inntown and Samantha recommended one that we really enjoyed. She has lots of other useful info for you too.
All in all, we couldn't have been happier and definitely recommend this home to anyone who wants to enjoy historic Cortona AND feel like a local!
Thanks, Samantha and Terry!!!
Cortona is an ancient Etruscan town in the heart of Tuscany. It is famous for its history, archaeological finds and beauty.
And for fans of Under the Tuscan Sun, this is the town where author Frances Mayes lives and the book/movie was made.
Although most are disappointed when they learn the fountain was just a Hollywood prop, you can take a stroll up the hill and see her stunning house Bramasole.
It truly is everything you imagine and more!
But Cortona is more than the book, it has significant historical significance. Older than Rome, it has a very well appointed Museum and many churches and historical sites that should not be missed.
Because Cortona sits on a hill, the views from every angle are spectacular. You can wander the old streets and never get tired of the beautiful sunsets and hidden vistas.
Cortona is well equipped with 2 small grocery stores, pizzerias, bakeries, butchers, wine shops, many restaurants, bars, shops and art galleries.
We have many festivals throughout the year revolving around art, food, wine, chocolate and special holidays and celebrations.
The summer is packed full of things to see and do, with open-air concerts, Sagra's and many more things to do.
It is a safe, warm, friendly place with the most welcoming local community that loves to see visitors fall in love with their city.
Sometimes, when I walk through the streets here, I can almost imagine the sound of “Clippity-clop” of the horse hooves along the ancient cobblestoned streets. To think that I am walking where Etruscans walked thousands of years ago....
I still have to pinch myself to make sure that living here isn’t just a dream.